The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) have handed out awards to government institution that has the most of its public official reported the graft/ gratuities they received.
Gratuities according to the section 12B Law No. 20 of 2001 on Corruption includes providing money, goods, rebates (discounts), commissions, interest-free loans, travel tickets, accommodation facilities, travel, free medical treatment and other facilities to civil servants or officials of the state.
Public officials who failed to report and hand over gratuities they received are at risk of imprisonment at minimum 4 years and maximum of 20 years with a minimum fine of USD 20,000 and a maximum of USD 100,000.
Public officials who know that gratuity are taken place and failed to report are also at risk of minimum 3 years jail time and maximum of 15 years. However, KPP believed that many of these practices are still unreported for various reasons.
KPK received 1,158 graft reports throughout 2012 which is significantly less than the 1,373 report received in 2011.
“In 2012, the Commission received 1,158 reports on public service gratuity, the more of these are reported the higher (public service) integrity,” said KPK Vice Chairman Adnan Pandu Praja in a news conference at the KPK building on Tuesday.
Of the total 1,158 reports, Public officials at State Owned Enterprises (SOE) and Regional State Owned Enterprises are at the top with 894 reports.
Further breakdown of the rest of the reports are: local Government officials (75), ministry (74), extra-structural institutions (44), an independent institution (23), MPR / DPR (18), Non- Department Institutions (10), ministers (9) coordinating minister (4) Parliament (3), the judiciary body (3) and regional people representative (1).
“Gratuities have a harsher punishment than bribery which only carries 5 years sentence because gratuity related closely to corruption,” Pandu Praja said.
The awards a divided into five categories which are
- For The Ministry level is won by Ministry of Finance with 15 reports and was given to the HR Head of Ministry of Finance Anis Basalamah.
- For the State Owned Enterprise the award was given to Bank of West Java and Banten (BJB), with a total of 36 reports and was given to BJB Bank Director of Compliance Zainal Arifin.
- For the Civil Servants the award was given to the Center for the Assessment and Data Processing Information (P3DI) at the Parliament with 6 reports and the award was given to the Secretary-General of the Parliament Yuni.
- For the largest amount of graft, the award was given to a Democratic Party member at the Parliament for reporting and surrendering USD 70,000 graft money.
- The last one is the smallest amount of graft given to an employee at BJB Pangandaran branch for USD 5.
“We are giving this award and hope that this will encourage many more reports from state apparatus to prevent more corruption” Pandu Praja added.
In addition with this, for socialization and eradication of corruption by improving the understanding of public officials and civil servants when it comes to receiving graft, KPK in collaboration with the USAID-MSI have also launched launches “E-Module Gratification”.
Through this module it is expected that public officials as well as others who requiring further information regarding gratification can access to the information easily.